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10-09-2015, 11:06 PM #1
MGSV coverage "blitz"
So, I don't want this to come off as complaining. Aside from the whole Quiet controversy, I don't really have much opinion on MGSV either way, and I may well end up playing it, if/when I ever get my hands on MGS4 first. What I'm wondering about here is purely curiosity about the site format. So, with that aside:
What's up with the huge blitz of RPS articles about MGSV?
I know it's a big PC release, but I honestly can't think offhand of any other games (no matter how big) that have stirred up quite this volume of articles in so short a time. We're talking over a dozen this week! That's especially odd for a series that only just came to PC, especially on what is probably the last game of the series.
Is it because it's a big release? Because it's a major touchstone for so many people? Because the rest of the industry is obsessed with it too? Or just because everyone at RPS is playing it and has an opinion and wants their own article to express their own unique views on it?
I admit, I do have some small sense of fatigue and "jeez, enough already!". But I'm also curious about is whether this is a new direction for RPS ("swarm" coverage of big titles?), an old direction I've just never noticed before, or just a unique anomaly? Or is there no "direction" at all, and people just write about whatever they want, and you all happened to pick the same game?
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10-09-2015, 11:20 PM #2
Well, it is the RPS game of the month, so a large amount of articles about it are to be expected.
10-09-2015, 11:27 PM #3
Okay, true. But when I compare it to e.g. the GTA5 coverage (game of the month for May, and also a pretty big title), it's still a much higher article count for such a short time period. In fact, by my count, we've got more MGSV articles this week than GTA5 articles all month long.
11-09-2015, 06:47 AM #4
Also to note is that although GTAV is a very technologically impressive game, it simply does not have a lot of character. However, most of that aspect has been written and video'd about two years ago when the game was first released.
11-09-2015, 07:14 AM #5
I was actually thinking the exact same thing just yesterday. Personally, the flood of articles focussing on that specific game has become tiring to me, so I just skip right to forums without taking the "scenic route" along the frontpage (small note: My RPS bookmark usually links to posts like the "The best PC Games of 2014", or "Best shooters ever", because I like to browse these every now and then to get some inspiration for things that I might want to play). Then again, I don't visit the frontpage that often anymore. Not sure exactly why, I guess there is just less stuff there that's interesting to me these days. On the other hand, the barrage of MGSbreasts articles does convey the idea that, to the nu-hivemind, it's a fascinating game.Forum janitor in training.
11-09-2015, 08:38 AM #6
To me MGSV is just at a rare cross section. It's a 'steal' from consoles, it's a series with acclaim RPS hasn't covered (even the ones which were PC games), it is quite good, quite controversial, it's essentially the alternative reality sequel to Far Cry 2 if you skip the cut scenes.
Any one of those properties would get press at RPS, MSGV just shouted bingo.
11-09-2015, 01:34 PM #7
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MGS5 is at a weird intersection of AAA games (thus driving traffic) that also has enough interesting elements to it to make writing multiple features on it (while still being good reading) possible.
Oh and because of where it sits chronologically there's no reason to play MGS4 first, although if not having all the backstory bothers you, playing Peacewalker is a must, as it's a direct sequel to that.
11-09-2015, 03:53 PM #8
Not being up to date with console gaming, I'm also rather surprised by the flood of coverage about it... I hadn't realised it was the 2nd coming.
That said, it does seem to be a perfect storm of things for the media to love... plus being a 'steal' from consoles.
TBH, no article has really explained why it's worth all the fuss though... it seems to be a great open world shooter... but we already have a dozen or two of those.
11-09-2015, 04:04 PM #9
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Uhh, it's a game where you can strap the bears to a baloons to transport them to your old oilrig base.
It's a game where enemy soldiers may find out that their friend didn't responded on radio, so they engage full search mode and/or call for backup from nearby guard post.
It's a game where your horse poop on road and enemy jeep can slide on that poop and crash.
It's a game where you can call the support from pink chopper blasting 80's music.
It's a game where...
It's not your typical open world shooter.
11-09-2015, 04:51 PM #10
23-09-2015, 04:03 PM #11
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Your blitz is my shortage, I'm afraid. RPS tends to have occasional obsessions, and personally, I love them for that.
23-09-2015, 08:54 PM #12
I don't (I really really really don't care about dotas and mgs's) but if the traffic is still there why not. It's not like everything else is about useless shock stuff like rumors.
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26-09-2015, 09:40 PM #13
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We cover stuff sometimes because it's popular and it's part of the service we provide. We cover stuff sometimes because one or a group of us like it. MGSV is the rare instance of a game which /all/ of us like and are playing /and/ it's popular generally at the same time.
I know it has been a lot of articles, but everything we write appeals to some and not to others. Even with the high article account, we're still writing 13-18 posts a day and 3-5 features each day. Even if it was 26 MGS features this month, that'd only be one a day, leaving 2-4 other features that aren't about MGS and might appeal to you more.
As others have said, there's precedent for this level of coverage at RPS. We will hopefully always be a site that follows the whims and passions of our writers. We do historically all enjoy open world games that allow for multiple approaches (Far Cry, etc.) and stealth games about inventive infiltration (Blood Money, Deus Ex, Thief, etc.), too.
The one thing I will say: none of us care at all that it's mainly been a console series or that the PC has "stolen" it. That hasn't been part of our decision making and never would be.
26-09-2015, 10:52 PM #14
27-09-2015, 08:04 AM #15
Some games can all but take over the cultural conversation for a time. MGSV isn't even the first to do so this year.
The first game that I can recall receiving such treatment on RPS was Bioshock (2007).
That might be an interesting exercise, actually -- a list of games covered by RPS sorted by total number of articles about them. Hmm, though you might have to adjust the results to account for the increasing number of articles published in recent years.
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03-10-2015, 11:40 AM #16
The game's title is in ALL CAPS. YOU ARE NOT ALLOWED TO MISS THE FACT IT EXISTS. :) If you are big enough of a nerd to care about optimizing your workflows, just like me, you can set up your RSS reader to filter out posts with certain words in them.
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